What is Thoracic Segmental Joint Dysfunction?

The thoracic spine (upper and mid back) begins at the base of the neck (cervical spine) and is made up of twelve vertebrae labelled T1-12 which connect to the lumbar spine (lower back) and it provides attachments for the ribs. Thoracic Segmental Joint Dysfunction is the term used to describe a number of thoracic joint injuries that affect the function of the thoracic spine. These injuries include traumatic, biomechanical, hormonal, inflammatory or degenerative joint diseases.

These injuries may cause hypomobility (restricted movement) or rarely hypermobility (excessive movement), which can be coupled with pain or discomfort. This altered function can cause further problems with the surrounding joints, muscles and ligaments resulting in thoracic pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, upper limb pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and pain that travels down into the lower back.

Some symptoms that may be experienced with this condition include radiating back pain and sharp pain that may run up and down the spine.

Here at Precision Health we offer services such as Chiropractic care and massage therapy which can aid in your recovery from Thoracic Segmental Joint Dysfunction. Call (02) 9639 7337 or visit our website to book an appointment now!

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